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David Quinn

I am a fine art photographer, originally from Tasmania. My early life revolved mainly around music. Classically trained, I spent most of the 80's and 90's as a touring and recording musician before moving to the UK at the end of the 90s.

I was given a camera in 2011 and the lure of the landscape quickly evolved into an obsession. My photography is unashamedly dark and I find a natural beauty in sadness that underpins many of my images.

My photography mostly consists of landscape and seascape images of the Scottish Islands & Highlands and the Nordic countries as well as England, Vietnam and Australia. Recent work involves more intimate microscapes (landscapes in miniature) as well as non-landscape "stories" using software I have developed myself.

My images have previously been shortlisted for the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year and have been recognised in a number of international competitions. My first book 'the beauty of solitude' was published in 2016. I have had a handful of solo exhibitions and was included in the 107th Annual London Salon touring exhibition.

Images of Studio

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About My Practice

I work predominantly in the digital domain, although I do also venture into film – especially pinhole photography. The landscape is my main studio. I view the camera as a tool and photography as 'Art' – I am not overly concerned with representing reality. I make use of 'in-camera' techniques to realise my vision, and usually do only minor post-processing (extracting detail, mono conversion, manual stitching of panoramas, dodging and burning etc). I purposely use "alternative camera settings" in an attempt to end up with images that have more of a painterly feel to them.

More recently, I have also started creating works based on software I have been developing.

Tools & Materials

I use both digital cameras and film, with film being a combination of SLR and pinhole cameras. I prefer to get the images right 'in-camera' as much as possible, but inevitably have to do some post-processing which is always done digitally. For some of my non-landscape projects, the computer plays a much larger part in the process.

Depending on the image, I print on archival quality Hahnemuhle Photorag, Bamboo and Pearl papers.

Examples of work

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Offer for Spring Fling Friends

10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling




Studio 12, WASPS Studios, 117 High St, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG


Parking Spaces: 5


There are stairs with handrail to my first floor studio. I will have a few works on display on the ground floor (call me in advance and I will come downstairs). Accessible parking at rear via Daar Rd. Large accessible toilet on ground floor.

Price Range

– £850

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